Many people love spending Christmas at home—being with family and friends, continuing long-standing traditions, and creating wonderful memories. Lots of people would never dream of spending the holidays away from home, but it can, in fact be one of the best times to travel. While you may have to pay extra for inflated holiday hotel rates, you also have an amazing opportunity to see a city at its quietest—when all of the locals are home enjoying their families and friends, leaving you a near-empty place to get out and explore.
Some tips for finding a cheap hotel on Christmas would be to shop around and compare hotel prices across a variety of neighborhoods. If you stay outside of the tourist-heavy and holiday-concentrated neighborhoods, you’ll stand a better chance at getting a more reasonable hotel rate.
As for spending the holidays away from home, there are many hotels out there that go above and beyond in trying to make you feel as comfortable and welcomed as possible, getting you in the holiday spirit the second you enter the lobby. And by paying attention to even the smallest of details, these fantastic hotels to spend Christmas in will make you feel all warm and fuzzy with holiday cheer.
Christmas in New York City This New York City hotel isn’t just an icon, it’s also one of the best hotels for celebrating Christmas in NYC. Located near Rockefeller Center and its famed tree, the Waldorf Astoria gets into the Christmas spirit by decorating its lobby with trees of its own, wreaths, lights, ornaments, and more. Extra Christmas amenities that you can enjoy in your room are Christmas tree delivery, stockings hung delicately before arrival, and a piano for Christmas caroling. You’ll have to arrange any of these amenities with the hotel, but they are wonderful gestures to help make Christmas as traditional as possible.
A Skiing Holiday in California Some families choose to spend Christmas on the slopes, and one of the best hotels in the US for such a holiday is Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, California. With a gorgeous backdrop of snow-covered mountains, soaring evergreens, and a roaring fireplace, you’re picture-perfect Christmas can’t be more complete. But the hotel’s Christmas offerings take things one step further, including the 7-course Bracebridge Dinner, during which costumed performers put on a 17th Century-style English dinner with you and yours as guests. After dinner, sing some carols in the Great Lounge, listen to a fireside reading of favorite holiday stories, and pose for a holiday portrait.
Outrigger Reef on the Beach
Fun in Hawaii’s Christmas Sun Hula your way to Honolulu for a Christmas vacation like no other. Not only will you be getting a break from whatever winter weather headed your way, but you’ll also get some time to truly relax while learning about another culture’s Christmas traditions. This massive hotel in Waikiki offers free workshops for ornament and card making, in addition to hula performances by students from a local school. Hotel employees face off in a gingerbread house contest and, of course, no Christmas would be complete without a visit from Santa. If you still have some free time after all of those Hawaiian Christmas festivities, make sure you hit the beach to enjoy some sand instead of the usual snow.
The Shelbourne Hotel
An Iconic Irish Celebration One of the most well-known hotels in Ireland, The Shelbourne goes all out for Christmas, offering a package that includes traditional Irish Christmas meals and more. Aside from a 5-course Christmas lunch or dinner (your choice), you’ll also receive a lovely gift. Kids will get the chance to leave a stocking outside of their room, which has a good chance of being filled for them by Christmas morning—especially if their meeting with Santa Claus in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge goes well!
Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel
A London Christmas to Rival Dickens Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London offers one of the best Christmas hotel packages we’ve found this year, and a lot of that has to do with it being the official hotel sponsor of the nearby ice rink at the Natural History Museum. This London hotel offers several Christmas packages, including the Stay & Skate package, which, in addition to accommodations and a full English breakfast, will also get you entrance for two to the ice rink. Other packages are more elaborate, like the Capital Christmas, which includes an in-room Christmas tree, Christmas lunch, entrance to the Kempton Park Boxing Day Races, and tickets to a West End theater production.
So, no matter your normal holiday traditions, you will surely be able to create new ones by spending Christmas at end of these fine hotels this holiday season.
You will certainly want to visit Paris at least once in your lifetime. This romantic city in Europe full of famous landmarks is not to be missed. Some people are lucky, as they are able to return to the city again and again. While you’re making your plans to visit Paris, keep some of these essential sights to see in mind:
What You Should Definitely See in Paris
How can you miss the Eiffel Tower if you are in Paris? Actually, you can’t miss it because it can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. It will sparkle during the night and stand tall in front of you in the day. But you need to do more than just see it from a distance. Take the elevator to reach the third floor and see the view from there. You’ll understand how well planned the city really is and you’ll get some amazing photos in the process.
This tree-lined road is another famous Paris landmark. You’ll love the gardens on both sides of the street with their pavilions and fountains. Along the way, you’ll find cinemas, restaurant terraces, cafés, and lots of amazing boutiques. It’s where you’ll find some of the best shopping in Paris. At the end of the street, you’ll see the majestic Arc de Triomphe, another Paris icon.
Musée du Louvre
The Louvre in Paris is the most famous art museum in the world. Home to Venus de Milo, Raft of the Medusa, and the most recognized of them all – Mona Lisa. The museum is so big that you can’t see it all in one day. Some people take more than a week to see most of the exhibits. The museum’s collections include Greek, Egyptian, Oriental, Roman, Etruscan, and more. The painting exhibits from the First and Second Empires and from the Renaissance are very impressive, too.
That’s not all. You should also see Notre-Dame, Montmartre, Euro Disney, and the Lido Show if you want to experience Parisian entertainment. And you will definitely not want to miss a cruise on the Seine River.
Eating and Shopping in Paris
Paris can be a costly city, but if you avoid tourist traps and stick to the spots that locals frequent the most, you’ll be able to save a little bit on your budget. So, look for small cafés, many of which serve wonderful food and drinks and you won’t have to make any compromises. The Latin Quarter is a very nice neighborhood in Paris, as is Montmartre. Seeing that Paris is the fashion capital of the world, next to Milan and New York, you’ll find the best boutique stores here. If you want to save money while you shop, you can try to score some fantastic finds at Paris’ flea markets.
Hotels in Paris run the gamut from simple accommodations to pushing the extremes of luxury. Home to some of the most famously elegant hotels in the world, like the Ritz Paris and the George V, Paris also has some wonderful boutique hotels. No matter your budget or your style of travel, you’ll be able to find the perfect Paris hotel for your stay.
Some Other Things to Remember
An Umbrella – Always keep an umbrella handy in Paris, because it rains a lot here—no matter the season. Pick one in a solid color, because that’s what most people use in the city.
Comfortable Shoes – You will have to walk a lot, whether you are visiting the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, Euro Disney, or the romantic bridges of the city. You don’t want your feet to hurt.
Beware of Pickpockets – In recent years, there have been many reported incidents of pickpockets. So always be on your guard and don’t flash your possessions in public.
It’s known worldwide that the beaches in Thailand are some of the best beaches in the world. And while visiting Thailand isn’t complete without a trip to the beach, with hundreds of both big and small beaches dotting the shores of this exotic country, it’s impossible to visit them all. From the beaches on the mainland to little island paradises, Thailand’s beaches are absolutely divine. The most popular beaches in Thailand are, of course, in Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, and Koh Samui. But there are plenty of other places that most people don’t know about. Take, for instance, Surat Thani, Koh Phangan, the Similan Islands, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samet, and Koh Chang, among many others.
No matter your taste, you’ll be able to find the perfect Thailand beach for you—they have it all. But remember, it is essential to pick the right beach based on what you are looking for. For example, if you are interested in beach parties and an active nightlife, then you should pick places like Koh Samui, known for its full moon parties that get really wild as the night progresses. If you’re looking for solitude, on the other hand, where you can appreciate nature, then it’s better to head to some of the lesser-known destinations such as Koh Kood, Koh Yao Noi, or Surat Thani. You will find many unspoiled beaches in Thailand, even today. If you want a bit of both worlds, try Phi Phi or one of the beaches in Phuket town, where you can always find a remote corner to explore. (more…)
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